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U of L already benefiting academically from ACC affiliation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On July 1, the University of Louisville will join the ranks of some of the country's top universities. Off the field, the school is already benefiting from educational partnerships formed through the conference.

The Academic Collaborative of the Atlantic Coast Athletic Conference (ACCIAC) is an arm of the ACC that allows schools to leverage their athletic associations in order to enrich educational missions at all 15 schools.

Since announcing the school's acceptance into the elite conference two years ago, the University of Louisville has taken advantage of partnerships with other universities.

"Many of those schools are aspiration schools for U of L," said University of Louisville President James Ramsey. "They are who we want to emulate."

The partnerships with other ACC schools have already allowed the U of L to expand things like research, medicine, communication and business practices.

"It's opening up doors for our students, opening up opportunities, getting them out there, meeting with other students, building their networks," said Director of Admissions Jenny Sawyer.

Students and faculty work alongside their peers at other ACC schools, allowing for collaboration that may not have been possible before joining the conference.

"Every faculty -- however good it is -- has its limits," said Dale Billingsley. "Student interest is not always linked to what faculty is doing, so having a broader range of faculty to draw on to give students more opportunity to exercise their own interests."

Sawyer points out that the partnerships in research and beyond give students opportunities to scope out graduate programs they might want to pursue, make connections for internships, and possibly open up employment opportunities.

And as the University's president is quick to point out, it isn't just athletics that landed them in a top conference.

"The fact that we were asked to be be a part of this is a validation that we are on an academic trajectory," said Ramsey who considers it a re-affirmation that the school is on the right track.

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